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quickly officials actually suspected that the killing of four americans in benghazi was an act of terror, and how troubled the subsequent investigation into that deadly assault is turning out to be. today, 16 days after the attack, defense secretary leon panetta stated plainly what was obvious to many, including senator john mccain, who joins us shortly, almost from the beginning. >> as we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place, that it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack. >> the best we can tell, this is the first time any administration official has uttered the word "planned" to describe what happened. asked how long it took to reach his conclusion, secretary panetta said quote, took awhile once information from benghazi came back. but keeping them honest, multiple sources now tell "360" that officials knew this was a terror attack almost from the get-go within 24 hours. at least intelligence officials. yet this is what they were saying for more than a week publicly after the killing. >> it'important to know that
conclusion, secretary panetta said quote, it took awhile once information from benghazi came back. but keeping them honest, multiple sources now tell "360" that officials knew this was a terror attack almost from the get-go within 24 hours. at least intelligence officials. yet this is what they were saying for more than a week publicly after the killing. >> it's important to know that there's an fbi investigation that has begun, and will take some time to be completed. that will tell us with certainty what transpired, but our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that in fact, what this began as was a spontaneous, not a premeditated, response to what had transpired in cairo. >> now, there are many possible explanations for why the administration took so long to budge from that line. everything from an excess of caution to the fog of war to incompetence or domestic politics. we don't have the answer nailed down on that. what we do have, though, is a collection of inconsistencies between the administration line and our own understanding of the
in benghazi. that is where we begin. i'm bill hemmer. good morning to "america's newsroom.". martha: good morning, everybody. i'm martha maccallum. there are still really a lot of unanswered questions. it is still unclear what the libyan government is doing to bring those killers to justice. president obama yesterday telling the u.n. assembly that america will get to the bottom of the murders of chris stevens and the others. >> the attack on civilians in benghazi were attacks on america. there should be no doubt we will be relentless tracking down the killers and bringing them tobill: how possit while order in libya is still unknown? we want to begin our coverage now. greg palkot streaming live out of tripoli. what is the latest on this militia crackdown there, greg? >> reporter: bill, martha, we're getting mixed signals about that. we were just talking to our contact in benghazi. he said one of the key militias in that city is it falling into line with the government. we've been out and about here in tripoli. we visited one compound where militias were driven out by libyan security force
senators and house members who want to know what is happening. >> one source says that benghazi had weapons and coordination. three days after the attack, the cia director, david petraeus, he found that benghazi was a demonstration prompted by the youtube video that spun out of control. ahead of the homeland committee telling fox, he has a deep respect for the cia director and will not discuss classified information but something is profoundly wrong. something tells us that this was caused primarily by the video and that terrorist influence was minimum. >> that was a mentioning of the video is any kind of catalyst at the compound. megyn: catherine herridge, thank you so much. later in the show, we will ask if the deadly attack in libya is this election season's surprise. similar to the iranian hostage crisis back in 1979 and 1980, and the george bush drunk driving story in 2000. if this is a political october surprise, how does that affect the vote on november 6. we will ask george w. bush's chief of staff, andy card about how the narrative would be different if president bush was in office
on this at the moment. he says what happened in benghazi is a premedicated attack. it has nothing to do with the video. and there's always a video, there's always a cartoons there's always a teddy bear, there's always some prenext for the mob to go crazy. what is important is for free nations to say we around going to get into that game with you. and it's absolutely disgraceful the sight you showed, the people taking them in for questioning. >> this is a point we are going to get into. why, on the anniversary of 9/11, why did we learn that valerie jarret has more security as she takes her vacation in martha's vineyard, than on 9/11 at our embassies in cairo and libya? >> there's a credibility issue here. and it's easy to look tough by sending some guy to a suburban apartment in los angeles and sending a big posses of sheriffs to arrest him. where is the toughness when the al-qaeda flag is flying offer your embassy? >> what is he going to do? president obama, our embassies have been breached, our flag taken down and burned for whole world to see. what is he going to do about it? 1. >> he and mrs. clint
.s. consulate in benghazi. let's go live to our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence getting new details on what's going on. chris, what are you learning? >> yeah, wolf, just in the past few hours libya's own prime minister told cnn's own christiane amonopore have arrested one man. he is currently being interrogated. and libyan authorities say they have several others under surveillance and more arrests may be on the way. meantime, u.s. intelligence officials say they are digging deeper and getting more information about who may have been behind this attack. at this point they say it does not appear to be a core al qaeda group, wolf. >> what does that mean? a core al chi da affiliate groups. what does that mean, a core al qaeda group? >> they think it's very possible that this could have been an al qaeda-inspired group. some group that is not directly affiliated with the hierarchy of al qaeda but does support the aims and ideals of al qaeda. >> and what about the u.s. warships, chris, that are heading toward libya right now? where are they? and are those extra u.s. marines already on the
administration, as lawmakers have now sent a letter to james clapper demanding answers on benghazi attack. of considers, yesterday we were talking about james clapper. friday, his office coming out and basically staking responsibility for the intelligence failures. well, now, senator joe lieberman and others coming forward with this letter. >> alisyn: and also, who is going to take responsible for the tactffactactfufact-- spblt for three weeks later. 20 days past the september 11th attacks and fbi isn't in benghazi, they're in tripoli, for security reasons they say, they say that the libyan security forces aren't providing them with security and some sort of visa problem. this is unheard of. so, senator bob corker and joe lieberman among others, they want answers from clapper about why it's happening. >> dave: to the point at that tony schaeffer made on our program yesterday, he's worked with the fbi, some of the toughest and highly technically trained individuals on the planet. comfortable going into hostile zones like benghazi, it must not be an internal reason, it must be someone else
on the consulate in benghazi not only is al-qaida carrying out acts of terror but sabtage libya's effort to build a post gaddafi government. >> they are working with violent extremist to undermine in. as we saw in benghazi. >> president obama still hasn't called what happened in libya a terrorist attack and that outraged senators graham we recognize al-qaida involved in the terrorist attack is an inconvenient truth for a president who claims to be destroying al-qaida. but is it not too much to ask why the president and his administration took so long to state what appeared obvious about what happened in benghazi. aboard air force one. jay carny explainsine though we haven't heard it from the president. mr. obama considers what happened on 9/11 in benghazi a terrorist attack and mr. carny explained that the president spoke the attack at the united nations assembly and made it clear it is wholy unacceptable to respond to a video with violence. mr. carny said it is it by definition a terrorist attack when there is it a prolonged assault on the embassy with weapons. and the fbi is trying to figure ou
consulate in benghazi was a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists affiliated or sympathetic with al qaeda, a flat statement just issued. let's discuss the political fallout in our strategy session. joining us now, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor donna brazile, along with david frum, contributing editor at "the daily beast" and "newsweek." david, a powerful statement just released by the director of national intelligence. it totally contradicts what the administration was saying in the days that immediately followed the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other americans. what do you make of this? >> totally supports what my colleague reported three days ago who was the first with this story. what it makes is the american ambassador dead, the administration's first impulse was to find ways to cover itself and avoid acknowledging the mistake the ambassador had completely inadequate security in a dangerous place. and it did that by pitting on this youtube video of the maker on his way to prison and charged under other offenses. in
in cairo. as a consequence of the video. our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted of course by the video. what our assessment is as of the present is in fact what it began spontaneously in benghazi, as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in cairo. megyn: joining me now, simon rosenberg, president and founder of ndn think tank and former advisor to president clinton. mark these send, fellow at american enterprise institute and former speechwriter for president george w. bush. mark, what the intel services are telling us now is that not only was what she said not true, but this administration knew it wasn't true and they knew it for several days. not only did they know this was a terrorist attack, but, they knew it had been listed officially inside the government as a terrorist attack. that they were searching for the suspects. that it was an attack on u.s. soil, which a u.s.
group that is assumed to have been behind the attack on the u.s. con salute in benghazi erupted in hundreds of angry libyan citizens stormed the compound. this time at the headquarters of one of the islamic extremist groups suspected in the attack. they have from the compound and set fire to their offices. unprecedented backlash against the group al sharia, one of the groups behind the american consulate attack. tens of thousands of libyans marched through the streets of benghazi to protest against the armed militias that are creating anarchy in cities like benghazi. one protester said did he not want to begin people in his country walking the streets looking like the taliban. back to you in new york. >> thanks so much for the update. >> a tale of two different countries and the response to this thing. it's been interesting to watch as unfolded a day of love. officials there in pakistan saying we have got to stop, this we are burning our own stuff. you are going into our own banks. you are burning our own banks and cars. this sour own stuff. >> it's wonderful to see the libyan p
highlights later. most people are saying it was a week since the benghazi attacks and amazing how the administration has been off message despite the evidence on the ground that it was a preplanned organized terrorist attack and dare i say al-qaida . now the administration seems to have seen the light and starting to realize that the indication are that this was indeed a terrorist attack. >> gretchen: it is interesting. even though it appears they came full circle. the spokesperson for the president had a different than the president within a couple of hours. let's see what jay carny said aboard air force one. it is a reporter gaggle and hard it here. here is the quote. i think it is self evident what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attacked and the result of four deaths of american officials. again, that is self evident. that is not what jay carny said a few days ago and susan rice ambassador to the united nations said on the talk shows on sunday. what changed the opinion in the public where they felt compelled to change the story is when matt olsen t
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. four americans were killed including our ambassador to libya but when asked about the attack president obama wouldn't give a clear answer exactly what happened. as you by now know the obama administration insisted the deadly violence grew out of a spontaneous protest. for the first time yesterday white house press secretary said this. it is i think self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of american officials. doug mckelway is live at white house now. doug, what is the latest from the white house there this morning? >> reporter: arthel, seemed after that statement that you just read from jay carney aboard air force one yesterday, after so many mixed signals from the white house and mixed messages from monday that would signal some kind of alignment in white house messaging. after the plane, air force one landed in miami for the univision forum yesterday, the president obama sent an entirely different signal. here's the president. >> what we've seen ove
this year. libya, where four americans were murdered at the consulate in benghazi last week gets a little over $13 million in financial assistance, and egypt where we saw people burning the american flag, they accept more than $1.5 billion from the united states, and the obama administration would like to keep that money flowing, sending secretary of state hillary clinton to make the case to congress today where the administration's getting more and more pushback on this issue. joining me now, retired four-star general jack keane who's a former vice chief of stash for the army and a fox news military analyst. general, more and more we're hearing republican lawmakers, and we had senator rand paul last week saying it's time to put a stop to this. why would we be funneling billions of dollars worth of aid into countries where we are seeing scenes like this? what's your thought? >> well, listen, your viewers and anybody looking at those guys on the wall and burning the american flag would have an understandable reaction, and i can certainly understand the frustration on the part of congress,
pre-election mistake on the world stage. that have month's terror attack in benghazi. arriving here in new york for a light schedule for w less than 24 hours of diplomacy and immediately heading not to the united nations, but tv studio of abc "the view" to tabe a joint appearance with first lady michelle obama. that leads to heavy lifting to secretary of state hillary clinton. who has dozen of meetings planned here. >> we have no scheduled. >> mr. obama has zero. sharp departure from last year when he used the backdrop to have no less than 13 one-on-ones with world leader leaders. >> the president has in the last few weeks had extensive consultation with foreign leaders including the leaders of egypt, israel, yemen, turkey, libya. those consultations will continue. >> they pounced on the comment about the terror attack on libya on the 9/11 anniversary. >> i was pretty certain that there will be bumps in the road. in a lot of places, one organizing principle has been islam. >> jay carney was saying that president was not making clear progress wouldn't come in a straight line. >> agai
-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terror attack. an admission from the administration. this administration the victim of a terrorist attack on the 11th anniversary of september 11 attacks and the obama campaign spokesman, ben labolt suggested there are no plans for the president to update the nation on the investigation of that attack and those murders and the rage throughout the muslim world. president obama today commenting on the anti-islam youtube video. >> what we have seen over the past week and a half is something that we have seen in the past. where there is an offensive video or cartoon directed at the prophet muhammad, and this is obviously something that is used as an excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts. lou: we will take up all of this here tonight. also, former new york stock exchange chairman and ceo of the exchange, dick grasso joins us and trey gowdy joins us to assess the report just delivered by the justice department inspector general. joining me now is fox news middle east and terrorism analyst. he serves as a foreign-policy senior
of ambassador chris stevens. cnn senior international correspondent arwa damon is in benghazi. >> reporter: this is the first thing fahud says he saw and filmed at the consulate compound. the cafeteria building up in flames. it was shortly before midnight september 11th. the smoke so thick the compound's main house is barely visible. and then this. after breaking through window men shout they found a body. suddenly one of them cries out, he's alive, he's alive. the crowd cheers. god is great. rushing for a car, they realize it's a foreigner. i was filming the video and i thought it was an american, fahed recalls, but i thought it was a driver or security guy. i never thought it was the ambassador. it's clear from the rest of the video that the man they pulled out was ambassador christopher stevens. fahed says he was alive but barely. he had a pulse and his eyes were moving, fahed says. his mouth was black from all the smoke. ten minutes later rushed through the benghazi streets in a civilian's car, the ambassador arrived at the hospital. but it was too late. this doctor tells us he got a c
terrorist act against the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> we also need to understand that this is a fairly volatile situation and it is in response, not to the united states policy, not to the administration, not to the american people, it is in response to a video. >> to think that the libyan people are somehow involved in this is just not acrats. it was a terrorist attack. organized and carried out by terrorists. >> the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the terny of a dictator for the terny of a mob. >> when it comes to criticism, i would note that many observers, commentators and foreign policy expert, as well as elected officials, democrat and republicans, have pointed out that criticism in particular from governor romny and his team in what seems to be an attempt to score a political point, has been both factually wrong and poorly timed. >> we are told by the media that mitt romney spoke to soon the other day. we are told that mitt romney has no foreign policy experience. yet it was romney who issued the most responsible and presidential statement of anybody. >>
americans in benghazi, libya. he wasn't a filmmaker. al-qaeda terrorist with ties to blood bloo bin laden held in. sufyan bin qumu. see this no, spontaneous reaction. but for some reason, the obama administration is linking the violence to a movie. >> and as i have said, the video that sparked the protest is disgusting and reprehensible. eric: that was today. here is white house spokesman jay carney yesterday. listen. >> based on what we know now, and knew at the time, we have no evidence of preplanned, or premeditated attack. >> eric: jay carney today says it's self-evident it was terrorism. so americans deserve some answers. why won't this president call a terrorist a terrorist? hillary clinton, madam secretary, smart lady, do you really think it was all about a movie? jay carney, c'mon, you know better than what you have been saying. ambassador rice, please stop insulting our intelligence. this is a coverup of the highest levels of the united states government. don't they realize this just emboldens al-qaeda? andrea, the issue here is what is the perception in the muslim world? what is
the search for whoever attacked the u.s. consulate in benghazi. four americans were killed as you know in tuesday's attack including the u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. investigators say if the violence was carried out by a specific group or if it was planned they can't say yet, that's why they are investigating. according to reports out oof libya, four people have already been arrested for these attacks. meanwhile, it was a heart breaking tribute for those four americans who lost their lives in the libyan attacks. >> we welcome home for the final time ambassador chris stevens. mr. sean smith, mr. glen doherty and mr. tyrone woods. >> president obama took part in the transfer of remains ceremony at andrews air force base yesterday along with vice president biden and secretary of state hillary clinton. he spoke of the ultimate sacrifice made for our country. >> they had a mission. and they believed in it. they knew the danger and they accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal. they lived it. >> the president also vowed to bring those responsible to justice. and
-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. that's the first time the white house has characterized this as a terrorist attack. carney, though, also appears to stand by this comment from wednesday. listen. >> based on the information that we had at the time, and have to this day, we do not have evidence that it was premeditated. >> jamie rubin is former assistant secretary of state. he's currently counselor to new york governor andrew cuomo. let's talk about what seems to be contradictory. you hear from jay carney, you hear from the white house, you hear from the state department, it was a terror attack, but not preplanned. you hear from the prime minister of libya that, in fact, it was preplanned. why disconnect on those two fronts? >> i think a lot of the wording is getting a little confused. i think what the administration is trying to communicate is that they don't believe that, say, six months in advance, a group sat down and said on september 11th we're going to attack the american embassy using this method at this place. but, it does appear that the individuals
of what the security was in the consulate in benghazi. whether or not it was accurate. and catherine herridge has published an article in foxnews.com where she outlined all of the attacks leading up to tuesday at that should have been red flags and meant we were beefing up our security on september 11th. >> as a panoply of attacks, june 6th an ied thrown at the perimeter of the consulate in benghazi. on the 11th the british motorcade came under attack by an rpg. on the 18th, attacked and burned the flag and on the 6, even the red cross building was struck. and building toward crescendo which led to the death of the ambassador. and this attack that ended in the death of four americans were repelled by 15 minutes none of who apparently killed. so an armed force comes to the consulate and none of the guards were killed, either means they're in ka hoots or they fled. >> alisyn: why weren't we having warning signs? it was woefully inaccurate and far below the levels you usually see at the embassies. there weren't marines, apparently four video cameras and those were supposed to be working
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